Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Greg Ellingson, Trevor Harris Lead Eskimos over Lions 39-23

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Greg Ellingson, Trevor Harris Lead Eskimos over Lions 39-23

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Ellingson, Eskimos beat Lions 39-23


EDMONTON - Greg Ellingson came alive before it was too late on Friday.

Trevor Harris threw three touchdown passes, including two to Ellingson, as the Eskimos overcame a bad start to spoil former quarterback Mike Reilly's return to Edmonton with a 39-23 victory over the B.C. Lions.

Ellingson finished with nine catches and 174 yards, including a touchdown late in the second quarter to help the Eskimos erase a 14-point deficit.

"We started the first quarter pretty slow and kind of just needed a jump so it was nice to be part of kick-starting the offence a little bit in that second quarter," Ellingson said. "We were down, but the saying is, 'Don't flinch.'

"That's something we didn't do and we put together drives and made sure we finished the game and the defence balled out."

The Eskimos are off to a 2-0 start, while the Lions fell to 0-2.

"We're excited about this 2019 version of the Eskimos and the way these guys are playing and believing in one another, working hard for each other, it's something special right now," Eskimos head coach Jason Maas said.

"I couldn't be more thrilled and more happy for that group of guys in that locker-room, playing for one another and believing in each other."

Edmonton had 409 yards in net offence, while the Lions had just 202 despite having an early 17-3 advantage in the contest.

"We came out and played good football in the first quarter and we gave them a good punch," Reilly said.

"But they countered back and we just never got off the mat after that. We've got to figure out how to fight through when things get a little tough and aren't going our way. That's been the problem the last couple weeks."

The Lions struck first, eight minutes into the opening quarter, when Reilly found Lemar Durant for a seven-yard TD pass, followed with the two-point conversion. …

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